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Hay fields line the road traveling from Palmer, Alaska, to Anchorage. Rich volcanic soil, abundant water and land, and climate change have led to a 62% increase in Alaska farms selling directly to consumers (between 2007 and 2014).
Photograph by Don Galligan, courtesy Wikimedia. Public domain
- What makes Alaska’s physical geography ideal for farming?
- Alaska’s geologic activity has created rich soil. “Thanks to built-up organic matter and ash from nearby volcanoes, locals say that Homer has some of the best soil in the Northern Hemisphere.”
- Water is plentiful, with precipitation and snowmelt supplying rivers and lakes with stable and abundant sources of freshwater.
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